Boost for charities as thousands of runners gear up for Asda Foundation Hull 10K

Charities across Yorkshire are in line for a major cash boost as thousands of runners prepare to pull on their trainers for the Asda Foundation Hull 10K on Sunday June 14th. 

The event, now in its sixth year, has established itself as one of the region’s most popular charity runs, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds since its launch in 2010.

Last year’s event attracted a record entry of over 5,000 people and another huge field is expected this year. The streets of Hull will be awash with colour as the runners, cheered on by enthusiastic crowds, make their way around the course.

The route starts and finishes in the city centre on Alfred Gelder Street and takes in the waterfront, marina, The Deep sea life visitor attraction and other Hull landmarks.

Among the entrants will be hundreds of businessmen and women running in the KC Hull 10K Corporate Challenge, a chance for work mates to become team mates as they compete to lift the title of the fastest firm in the race. The times of the first three team members home are used to award the trophies and prizes.

A record 480 are due to take part in this year’s challenge.

Brendon Smurthwaite, KC’s Community Co-ordinator, said: “The Hull 10K KC Corporate Challenge is a very popular event and to have over 480 runners competing is great news.

“This is the third successive year that we’ve been involved and the numbers taking part continue to grow year on year.

“We’ve entered three teams and I know that our people are really looking forward to the big day.”

The Hull 10k is organised by Run For All and forms part of the lasting legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson, who raised nearly £2m by completing a series of gruelling endurance events despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

It is also part of the successful Asda Foundation 10K series which includes runs in Lincoln, Burnley, Leeds and York.

Julie Ward, of the Asda Foundation, said: “The 2015 series got off to an excellent start with a super event in Lincoln and we are very much looking forward to the Asda Foundation Hull 10K on June 14th, when thousands of runners will raise substantial sums of money for some great causes.”

People taking part can run for one of the event’s partner or support a good cause of their own choice. The partner charities are the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Hull and East Riding (HER) Breast Friends, CLIC Sargent, Candlelighters, Dove House Hospice, Echoes Foundation, Hull Children’s University, Macmillan Cancer Support, Martin House Children’s Hospice and Yorkshire Cancer Research.

The race is sponsored by Asda Foundation, Hull City Council, KC, MKM Building Supplies, Arco, Runner’s World, Hull Daily Mail, Viking FM, Run 247, Banana Kick and LTS.

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